Solid article, pity that the headline doesn’t at all reflect the in-depth analysis presented. Because apparently the Dutch aren’t going to give populist disruption as much of a podium as in the UK or US.
Still, many parties have embraced it to degrees. Even the Moroccan born Labour mayor of Rotterdam has at times embraced it, the left-wing SP deals in it wholesale and the liberal VVD also enjoys twisting ideology in favor of mass appeal. The Christian parties love a reconstructed cutesy innocent past. Populism has been adopted and is entrenched since Pim Fortuyn was assassinated, the lessons well absorbed.
There’s much to say for it too, unlike in the UK and France, the parties have let go of political correctness and have prevented the formation of the ghettos of Brussels and Paris. Debate is more open and far broader, allowing open debate of topics that are taboo in other countries. And most immigrant communities seem to understand and respect the struggle and open debate, those “immigrants” that I talk to realize full well that there are vast cultural differences between where they came from and where they and their progeny live and that it is safer to have these differences out in the open instead of locked behind a wall of political correctness and de-facto racism like in France. One of the worst offenses of political correctness is that it doesn’t take the supposedly “protected” group seriously in their ability to engage and analyze. These aren’t easy times but heart felt rationalism always is the cure for gut driven populism.